Grad Student Essay

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Running Head: Advocacy Advocacy for HIV/AIDS Curriculum AIDS Education HED 201 Dr. Stern June 17, 2012 This year our school district will be implementing a new HIV/AIDS curriculum. This program will give our students science based information to help them make educated and responsible decisions.HIV/AIDS education, is a major part of providing all of our students with the knowledge and skills they need to lead productive healthy lives. “An estimated 8,300 young people aged 13–24 years in the 40 states reporting to CDC had a HIV infection in 2009 and nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people aged 15–24 years” (CDC, 2009).We must steer our students away from the risky behavior that can lead to HIV infection because at this point in time there is no cure for AIDS, a debilitating syndrome that develops from HIV. I hope everyone here will support this program, because I can tell you for a fact that it will save many lives in our community. According to the YRBSS, (CDC, 2012) which nationally monitors our high school students risky behaviors “47.4% had ever had sexual intercourse, 33.7% had had sexual intercourse during the previous 3 months, of these 39.8% did not use a condom the last time they had sex and 15.3% had had sex with four or more people during their life”. These statistics are alarming because it indicates how many students are putting themselves at risk for contracting the virus. After reviewing the statistics it is safe to say that our students are probably on par with the national statistics and our new program will attempt to drastically reduce these numbers. Our community is predominantly Hispanic and African American and “the rates of STD are typically much higher for African American teens and slightly higher for Hispanic teens than they are for white teens” Kirby & Laris, 2009, p.

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